This Friday, Disney is going to release Planes, their latest animated movie. If you loved Cars, you will probably love this movie too.
So what's the story about? Well, if you're curious, here's a handy app to get you started: Planes Storybook Deluxe.
Dusty Crophopper is a small town crop dusting plane with big dreams of taking part in Wings Around the Globe Rally. To pursue his dream, Dusty practices his flying skill with help from his best friend, Chug the Truck. But they know they can't make it on their own, so they ask an old warplane named Skipper to coach Dusty. Unfortunately, he rejects them at first sight.
Nonetheless, Dusty continues his practice and makes it to the qualifying race. He even races the world champion, Ripslinger. Thanks to his hard work, Dusty qualifies for the World Rally.
Knowing that Dusty can't make it by himself, Skipper agrees to coach him. He points out that Dusty needs to overcome his fear of heights to compete with the world's best racers.
When the race starts, Dusty immediately faces his first challenge: an icy storm which blocks his way to Iceland. Because he's afraid of heights, Dusty chooses to fly below the clouds and gets slowed down by the storm. When he reaches Iceland, he's already falling behind.
After Dusty decides to drop his crop sprayer, he starts to fly faster and moves higher in the rank. This earns him attention from the media, causing Ripslinger to grow jealous. Humble Dusty, however, credits his success to his coach Skipper.
As competition gets more intense, Ripslinger starts to use dirty means to defeat Dusty. He tells Ishani, an Indian racer, to give Dusty a misleading tip. He also knocks off Dusty's navigation antenna. Can Dusty make it to the end? Who's going to win the race?
Parents Need to Know
To complement the thrilling storyline, this app includes an immersive game about flying an airplane on your own. You can choose Dusty or any other planes from the story.
You can play all race tracks in the story, from Dusty's training track to the final track in Grand Canyon. You can play up to three levels for each track. First, you learn to navigate the track. Then, you try to finish one lap within the time limit. finally, you can race four other planes in a three-lap race.
You will collect coins each time you race. You can use these coins to unlock new planes. If you purchase the Planes Read-Along Storybook and CD, you can unlock the last four planes. Simply scan the book's back cover with the in-app camera to unlock them.
Things I Like
Planes Storybook Deluxe is a beautiful, animated storybook. It looks great, as expected from Disney. I really enjoy getting a sneak peek of the movie by watching the included short clips.
I also like the interactive parts of the story. The flying game is really well-designed. Even as an adult, I think it is really fun and engaging.
Another feature that I enjoy is collecting plane cards. Simply scan the Planes logo using the in-app camera to unlock one plane card a day. You can collect up to 10 plane cards in the in-app album.
Planes Storybook Deluxe is the best storybook I've read in a while. It provides an immersive reading experience through its amazing gameplay. My son Philip loves reading the story, as well as participating in the plane race. I know he will be excited if I take him to see Planes this weekend.
App was provided for our honest review.